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- Print Length: 122 pages
- Publication Date: May 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00850HTHO
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It Kindle Edition
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First of all it is really well written. The message the authors are advocating flows smoothly. I don't find anything that contradicts its logic. I was expecting more rather opinion-based moralizing after reading all the 1-star reviews. However, I haven't found that in the book. I enjoyed reading it, although the authors' conclusions are not funny at all.
I don't run surveys or any other scientific research on the book's subject matter and I can't prove that the statistics are right or not. I can only say that the outcome of the surveys presented in the book confirms my observation. I mean I know a lot of women who can't find a normal guy (I don't mean "the right guy"). In most cases they meet the kind of guys who can't be bothered about maintaining a relationship.
I even know a guy who decided to leave his girlfriend for computer games (I don't know what other stuff he was enjoying in his room). At a point he had to borrow some money to live off and was unable to give it back. His lender organized a job for him. The guy paid the debt after two weeks, quit the job and immersed himself in the virtual world again.
I believe the problems depicted in "The Demise of Guys" are global. I have never been to the US, but I think the book is quite relevant in other countries I have been living in: Poland, the UK and lately Australia.
This book is important for me as a relatively new father. The content wasn't surprising for me at all. It just reminds me about the direction I'm trying to give to my son's upbringing.
One other criticism. The introductory pages with the data from the TED survey was less than useless. Beyond the fact that the selection bias when sampling from TED survey respondents would make the results almost idiosynchratic, the questions asked of the respondents were just silly. Why do I care what a TED user's beliefs are about why such and such phenomena is happening? Am I to assume the average TED user is a trained sociologist and her or his insights have some sort of added heft? If they were asked to what extent they themselves played games, viewed porn, etc., that would be different.Read more ›
It is not hard to find young males in my own life that experience the very problems that Dr. Zimbardo and Duncan illustrate. I think this book speaks to any male willing to accept that he is indeed facing this dilemma or someone in his life that can speak to him in honest dialogue about getting through this (potential) phase. The overuse (a key element that I see many commenter's overlook in their reviews of the book) of porn and video games is an easy answer to a question that looms larger and larger in a male's development: what am I going to do and how am I going to get there? The overwhelming component, for young males, to both questions is the social interactions required to answer both questions, personally and professionally. Thereby, returning themselves back to the dimly lit room, alone.
It seems from some of the reviewers that they did not read the book (some admittedly) and others that did not have a favorable review missed key details in their criticisms. A few have mentioned the flawed surveys and the sample bias from TED users. While the sample is biased to people on ted.com, the fact still remains (as cited in the book) that 75% of TED respondents where males and 50% of those males were aged 18-25. As such, I fail to see how being a TED user negates one's socio-sexual concepts of self and external relations of the core audience of this phenomenon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like most self-help books, this is probably most useful to people who don't need it. That's to say, if someone takes the time to read this, they are probably on the road to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paulsues
This was an excellent book! It was very thought-provoking and provided some great constructive advice on how to help boys become menPublished 2 months ago by Kent Kellenberger
Very controversial but only because it's true and the gamers don't want to hear it.Published 6 months ago by Tracy D Cummins
I do think that our boys are in trouble, but this notion that it is all porno and video games is incomplete. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A brilliant and thoughtful look into how the society we live in today is exploiting some of the most basic instincts of boys and men and ultimately setting them up for failure. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jndugan
A Great book that helped me see some of the negative effects that excessive technology use and video entertainment is having on young men as well as myself. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andrew in Ohio
I really enjoyed this book. It was short but to the point about the topic and provided factually based evidence to show how far young men have strayed from the proper course. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Noah LaRoy
Enjoyed reading this book. Philip Zimbardo is a great psychologistPublished 13 months ago by Dionna Nelson
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